Officials Expand the Lake Tahoe Crayfish Harvest

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STATELINE, Nev. (AP) - As many as seven crayfish harvesters may soon be trolling the waters of Lake Tahoe, seeking to make a buck while ridding the lake of an invasive species.

The Tahoe Daily Tribune reports that the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency approved four crayfish permits at a meeting on Thursday. The agency had already issued one permit, and is processing two more.

Tahoe Lobster Co. became the first commercial fishing operation at the lake since the 1930s when it began operating in August.

The other crawfisherman still need approval from the Nevada Department of Wildlife and the Nevada Division of State Land.

Crayfish are a non-native species in the Sierra lake that help cause algae to grow and cloud the water by releasing excrement on the lake floor.